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Rick Bayelss’ Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark, is a finalist for Outstanding Restaurant of the year by the James Beard Foundation. || Santiago Covarrubias/Sun-Times

Chicago’s culinary greats among 2017 James Beard Award finalists

SHARE Chicago’s culinary greats among 2017 James Beard Award finalists
SHARE Chicago’s culinary greats among 2017 James Beard Award finalists

The James Beard Award Foundation today announced the finalists for its 2017 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the culinary industry. The winners will be announced May 1 at a gala awards ceremony at Chicago’s Civic Opera House.

The Chicago nominees include:

Chef Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo is among the James Beard Award nominees for 2017 outstanding restaurant. | Photo by Chandler West

Chef Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo is among the James Beard Award nominees for 2017 outstanding restaurant. | Photo by Chandler West

Chandler West

Outstanding Restaurant

Topolobampo, Chicago

Best Chef Great Lakes (Chicago landed all five available nomination slots)

Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice

Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute

Lee Wolen, Boka

Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria

Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

Outstanding restaurant design (76 seats or more)

Momotaro Chicago ( Firm: AvroKO; Designers: Kristina O’Neal, Adam Farmerie, Greg Bradshaw, William Harris)

Chef Abraham Conlon, of Fat Rice is among the five Chicagoans competing in the category of Best Chef Great Lakes Region at the 2017 James Beard Awards. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times

Chef Abraham Conlon, of Fat Rice is among the five Chicagoans competing in the category of Best Chef Great Lakes Region at the 2017 James Beard Awards. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Jenner Tomaska, Next

Outstanding Restaurateur

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group Chicago

Television Program, TV segment (the awards in this category will be handed out April 25 in New York)

“The Hungry Hound,” Steve Dolinsky, ABC-Channel 7

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